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what is the best way to storage a touareg for 5 months?

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its just a storage unit (no climate control)

what is the best way to keep the car for 5 months?
I read I should leave fuel full
what about battery? since its not too accessible.. ? windows..? what else should I concern?
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its only 5 months, keep battery charged otherwise do nothing! its 5 months
You risk flat spotting your tires. Look at the sidewall for the maximum pressure allowed for the tire and inflate to a few PSI below that pressure, or buy a set of these:

Flatstoppers | Car Ramps | Long Term Vehicle Storage
its just a storage unit (no climate control)

what is the best way to keep the car for 5 months?
I read I should leave fuel full
what about battery? since its not too accessible.. ? windows..? what else should I concern?
I store mine for 4 months, it is a TDI and I just fill up the fuel tire pressure at3 psi more than the door post pressure, note I run at that pressure anyway. Ensure everything electric or electronic is turned off. It is stored for the winter, inside a cold storage with temperatures going down to -25 and so far I have not had any problems. This is my second year doing this and will pickup my Touareg 2 April from my cold storage. Hope this helps I didn't have flat spots on my 20 inch tires last year. Did my 30,000 km servicing just before storage. Ad blue, oil, and windshield washer fluid -40 degrees.
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its only 5 months, keep battery charged otherwise do nothing! its 5 months
how do I do that? what do you mean keep it charged?
A plug-in battery tender will keep a battery fresh in storage, but without climate control I suppose it's unlikely you would have have power. There are solar tenders too, if the garage has ready access to sunlight.

A new-ish AGM battery might keep enough of a charge during those 6 months. A flooded lead acid is less resilient and you might find it discharged and destroyed after you retrieve the vehicle it back out. That's probably the least of your worries, but it's worth a consideration.
By far the best thing is for someone you know and trust to take the car for a reasonably fast, 20 mile run every two weeks with the aircon on to move the suspended lubricating oil around and keep the system's seals sound.
IMO The most annoying part about storing a car is not being able to enjoy it while you continue to pay for registration and insurance in order to legally do what noobytoogy suggests :)
Perhaps we could organise a rota of car caretakers for the OP from members on here!?!
I have a feeling the V10 owners would see the highest rate of volunteers from the Club Touareg Joyride Club... :twisted:
We're the founder members, then, of the CTJC!
Don't forget to stabilize your fuel, particularly on gasoline powered vehicles! And make sure the tank is full, to reduce condensation.
Every time I deployed for 6 months or longer, I did the following:

- Car on jack stands to avoid flat spots on tires
- Stabil, or equivalent, in fuel
- Full tank of fuel
- Fill crankcase with oil 100% full to displace moisture and keep everything lubricated for the first start. DO NOT run the engine once full, obviously. Drain and fill to normal levels prior to starting when returning.
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lol..


there is no way i can get into the battery under the seat by myself?
there is no other way to disconnect ?
Of course you can get to the battery by yourself.

It's not that hard: you just need the right tool [which is easily acquired] to undo the two floor bolts to hinge the seat back but I see you have a T3!

Here's the how-to - it's a very easy ten minute job on T1s and T2s.

There are different opinions on the T3 as to whether or not the seat still hinges [electric seats may be different] so you can check this out on yours:

Changing the T1, T2, T3 and T4 battery, including both batteries in the V10 - myTreg forums
Of course you can get to the battery by yourself.

It's not that hard: you just need the right tool [which is easily acquired] to undo the two floor bolts to hinge the seat back but I see you have a T3!

Here's the how-to - it's a very easy ten minute job on T1s and T2s.

There are different opinions on the T3 as to whether or not the seat still hinges [electric seats may be different] so you can check this out on yours:

Changing the T1, T2, T3 and T4 battery, including both batteries in the V10 - myTreg forums
I AM CONSIDERING DOING THAT AND BE WORRIE FREE AT LEAST FOR THE BATTERY!

insurance: should I keep full insurance ?! buy an external properties insurance for the storage unit ?
If your car catches fire and burns the building down . . . or it gets stolen . . .

Keep the car insurance going regardless!!
Don't over thinking this. Oh and yes, you NEED to keep it insured.

We store our Travel trailer outdoors for seven to nine months out of the year...as do many motor home RV users.
We have let the battery go dead before (happens pretty fast actually less than two months) and do not use anything for the tires...never any issues.
We now store with it plugged in, which is only nice if you visit it after dark and need light.
Aside from inapplicable winterization that is also required for RVs, the motor home users will do a few additional motor oriented steps, but not much.
When you come back, check the oil and just be prepared to jump it and to possibly see some smoke from any oil that slowly seeped into the cylinders over the months.
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Sometimes some of my vehicles sit for months. After about 10 miles, the tires warm up and the flat spots (if any) go away.
Don't forget to stabilize your fuel, particularly on gasoline powered vehicles! And make sure the tank is full, to reduce condensation.
what does it mean to stabilize the fuel? I always put the highest fuel.. I will make sure it TOP FULL. what what else?
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